Curriculum Maps and Resources
The Wyoming Department of Education updates the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards every 9 years. This gives districts time for to revise their curriculum maps to align with the state standards as well as align resources to the maps. Districts are then able to use the curriculum maps and resources in classrooms. This cycle repeats to keep maps and resources current and teachers using them to help students achieve the standards.
Curriculum Map Description
SCSD#1 curriculum maps are based on Wyoming Content and Performance Standards.
Some curriculum maps are in an outline format. Each item listed is a learning target for which students will receive instruction. If an outline point has an asterisk next to it, that target is a proficiency target meaning students are expected to be proficient with that knowledge or skill by the end of the grade level.
Maps currently be being revised will be in Draft form. Recently revised curriculum maps are in a new format. Each subject/grade level/class map will contain a purpose statement, benchmarks and explanations, and standard references. Each of these curriculum maps contains a page with an annotated version of the map explaining each part of the map. The revised maps are reviewed by teachers who then give feedback to the Subject Area Committees on further revisions.
English Language Arts, Informational Literacy, and Foreign Language curriculum maps are currently in their Draft form. These maps will go through the review and revision process in the 16-17 school year.
Wyoming Content and Performance Standards
The Wyoming Content and Performance Standards serve several purposes. They articulate the set of expectations for what students should know and be able to do, enabling them to be prepared for college and career success, to live a life that contributes to the global community. These expectations are communicated to students, parents, educators and all other Wyoming stakeholders, and provide a common understanding among educators as to what students should learn at particular grades.
For information on specific standards, appendices, domains and clusters, and performance level descriptors see the WDE Content and Performance Standards webpage.
K-12 Curriculum Maps
K-5 English Language Arts
ReadyGEN was adopted by the district in the spring of 2017 as the primary resource to be used to teacher ELA curriculum in grades K-5.
ReadyGEN is an integrated literacy program that accelerates learning for all students using authentic text to support English Language Arts/English Learner instruction. Overall progression of text complexity within and across grades facilitates students’ learning of academic vocabulary, close reading, foundational skills, and further deepens content knowledge and comprehension. ReadyGEN is structured as both an online and print resource. The online component includes all student and teacher materials, assessments, and flexible class data management tools. Online digital access to every text will engage students, maximizing their learning experiences in reading, writing, and language development. By selecting a print/online core resource K-5, students within the district will have access to an aligned resource for multiple years.
6-12 English Language Arts
SpringBoard was adopted by the district in the spring of 2017 as the primary resource to teach ELA in grades 6-12.
SpringBoard is built on the foundational principles of embedded assessments that are back-mapped from advanced placement courses and college/career readiness. SpringBoard uses compelling themes and multiple genres of text including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, as well as multiple modes to develop essential thinking skills preparing students for high school and beyond. Students will analyze text, collect evidence, think critically as well as cultivate real-world writing skills. SpringBoard tracks student learning while fostering strong study habits and cultivating indispensable organizational skills. SpringBoard is structured as both an online and print resource that can be used to differentiate class assignments based on Lexile levels and/or student needs. Included in the resource is free access to ZINC, which is a database of informational text that is engaging, applicable, current, and is aligned to both themes and texts cultivating 21st Century Skills.
7-12 Foreign Language
SCSD#1 adopted Avancemos (Spanish) and Bien Dit (French) as the primary resource to teach the Spanish and French curriculum for grades 7-12.
These programs use a thematic approach to present the material from novice to intermediate-advanced proficiency levels. The materials were found to be research-based with ample authentic cultural relevance to the target languages.
Avancemos/Bien Dit is structured as both an online and print resource. Parent surveys indicated the need for access to online resources. The online component includes all student and teacher materials, assessments, and flexible class data management tools. Online digital access to every text will engage students, maximizing their learning experiences in reading, writing, and language development.
SCSD#1 students in grades K-8 learn mathematics using Eureka Math. Eureka connects math to the real world in ways that build student confidence and help students achieve true understanding. The writers of Eureka Math took great care to present mathematics in a logical progression from Pre-K through Grade 12. This coherent approach allows teachers to know what incoming students have already learned and ensures students are prepared for what comes next. When implemented faithfully, Eureka will dramatically reduce gaps in student learning, instill persistence in problem solving, and prepare students to understand advanced math. Eureka Math differs from other texts in that, rather than being an update to existing material, it was designed specifically for the common core.
SCSD#1 9th through 12th grade math teachers will use Big Ideas Math Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 as their primary math resource. Big Ideas Math encourages a deeper understanding of mathematics by narrowing the student's focus and providing inductive reasoning opportunities, engaging explorations, concise stepped-out examples, and rich thought-provoking exercises. Multiple pathways and delivery methods ensure universal access for all learners. Dynamic Technology supports and enhances this resource. Students are exposed to highly motivation and relevant problems at the level of depth and rigor they need through any of the multiple pathways for high school mathematics.
Health & Physical Education
Health-Students will learn about various behaviors to improve health as well as behaviors to avoid to stay healthy. Students will learn about emotional and physical health at various stages in life throughout grade levels.
Physical Education-Students will learn then demonstrate a variety of movement, motor control skills, and physical activities. Students will use heart-rate monitors during these exercises to learn how to perform physical activities at the optimum fitness level.
Social Skills & School Culture
The Stop and Think Social Skills Program contains role playing and group activities, this nationally recognized program addresses four developmental levels and helps students learn interpersonal, survival, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills. This program is used with students in kindergarten through sixth grade.
For more information on the Stop and Think Social Skills Program visit Voyager Sopris Learning online.